My Audio Updates
Here you will find audio clips about important events that have taken place during the current and past Legislative Sessions.
Rep. Murt Comments on Proposal to Increase Education Funding - 1/29/2014
Legislation designed to redirect funding currently earmarked for race horse development to school districts that receive less than the average amount of state financial support is currently being developed in Harrisburg. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) said he supports this proposal to bring some fairness to those school districts that are hurt by the Commonwealth’s inequitable education funding formula. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Comments on Marcellus Shale Drilling Tax Bill - 12/17/2013
A bipartisan group of lawmakers have introduced Marcellus Shale severance tax legislation aimed at providing additional state funding for education and social service programs. The proposed legislation calls for a 4.9% severance tax on gas that would be used to replace existing impact fee revenues, and any additional revenues would be used to supplement existing education, environmental and social programs. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) said this legislation could provide much-needed funding for programs that support those with special needs without placing the Commonwealth at a competitive disadvantage with surrounding states. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Comments on His Traumatic Brain Injury Bill - 4/10/2013
The Pennsylvania Brain Injury Coalition was joined by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Harrisburg on Tuesday to voice support for legislation that would require insurance companies to clearly outline their coverage policies for the treatment of traumatic brain injury. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), prime sponsor of House Bill 648, said those who are suffering with brain injury, especially our returning soldiers, deserve to know what treatment options are available to them. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Tom Murt Comments on New Committee Assignments - 1/16/2013
The Pennsylvania House returned to session this week to finalize committee organization and begin work on new legislation. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) who was named to four standing committees, as well as being named chairman of the Sub-Committee on Mental Health, said the committee process allows legislation to receive the proper scrutiny before being considered by the full House. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Comments on House Approval of His Lifesharing Awareness Month Resolution - 9/26/2012
The Pennsylvania House has passed a resolution designating October 2012 as “Lifesharing Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), who sponsored the resolution, said many supportive people are needed to take on the fulfilling role of caretaker for adults with developmental disabilities. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt on Rally Against Proposed Budget Cuts to Human Services Programs - 5/2/2012
Proposed budgetary cuts to service programs that help those with intellectual disabilities were the topic of discussion at a rally held on Wednesday at the State Capitol. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) said that the state has a responsibility to care for those whose disabilities prevent them from living an independent life. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Comments Following Press Conference to Raise Awareness of Budget Cuts to Human Services Programs - 3/29/2012
Proposed budgetary cuts to Human Service programs were the topic of discussion at a press conference and Human Services Committee meeting held in Harrisburg on Thursday. Several families with special needs children spoke about the hardships they would endure if programs were eliminated due to the potential funding cuts. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery) said lawmakers need to know how funding cuts and program closures will adversely affect those who rely on special needs programs. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Comments on New Marcellus Shale Tax Plan That Shares Revenue and Supports Human Service Programs - 10/5/2011
Legislation calling for a Marcellus Shale gas tax that would share revenue from a gas severance tax between state and local government has been introduced in the State House. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery & Phila.), who is co-sponsoring the bill with Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), said this plan would result in an equitable distribution of revenues across the state and offer support for underfunded human service programs. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Tom Murt Comments on House Passage of His Child Labor Law Reform Legislation - 7/6/2011
The Pennsylvania House has passed legislation designed to reform the state’s child labor laws with regard to entertainment. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery & Philadelphia) prime sponsor of House Bill 1548, said he worked with child-actor advocates, as well as the film industry to craft legislation that will protect child performers while providing reasonable guidelines that will not stifle the entertainment industry in the Commonwealth. Chuck Nichols reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.
Rep. Murt Says Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program Bill Will Increase Educational Opportunities for PA Children - 5/11/2011
Legislation to expand the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program that provides scholarship money for children from low- and middle-income families to attend the schools of their choice was approved this week by the House of Representatives. Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery & Philadelphia) said the EITC program is a well known and effective method of increasing the availability of educational alternatives for Pennsylvania’s children. Mike Davies reports, wrap and stand alone bite available.